Energy Bars

What makes a dried fruits and nuts bar an energy bar? I wonder.

You’re looking for a bar that’s low in fat, that is with less than 5 grams of fat per serving. For fiber content of bars, aim for 3 to 5 grams. Checking the calories listed on the label, a Luna Bar contains 170 to 180 calories. Meal-replacement bars tend to be larger than other bars, with proportionately higher levels of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

Ellie Krieger’s energy bar has 20 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and contains 133 calories per serving. To my surprise, protein comes, in part, from nonfat dry milk. These energy bars fit all the criteria for nutritional bars. I feel comfortable having them on hand to nibble (along with friends at IHCC gathering this week) and between meals for a quick pick-me-up or for breakfasts when I’m on the go.

Now I can custom design energy bars to suit my taste, nutritional requirements and what’s available in the pantry. That’s why I’m so excited about making these energy bars.

A friend of mine gave me some tips on slowing graying hair which she has very few to speak of. She is blessed; recently she celebrated the birth of her first grandchild. She attributes her glistening, healthy, non-graying hair to the daily intake of black sesame seeds. Although this is purely anecdotal, I’m willing to give it a try. I bought an ample supply of black sesame seeds. I would put them in energy bars substituting wheat germ that is called for in Ellie Krieger’s recipe.

My “youth nectar” is full of hair-raising black sesame seeds

I’ll call these energy bars my “youth nectar,” for now.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim
    December 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this post! I need some "youth nectar" in my life. I might start sprinkling black sesame seeds on all my food 😉 I have way too many gray hairs.

    I love a good bar with both nuts and seeds along with a touch of fruit for sweetness. These are perfect!

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    Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates
    December 7, 2015 at 2:59 am

    I definitely can't stop at one bar. 😀

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    kitchen flavours
    December 7, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Your bars looks wonderful. The perfect healthy snack on the go! I have a jar of black sesame seeds which I seldom use, now I should try using it more often, I too have way too many gray hairs!

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    Deb in Hawaii
    December 12, 2015 at 5:41 am

    These look great. I am a frequent "nosher" of energy bars–homemade and the healthier ones you can buy. I'm a big fan of lots of seeds in them and now I'll have to stock up on the black sesame seeds–maybe the patch of grey at my bangs that I am hiding will go away–or at least not get bigger! 😉

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